Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gold Prices Today Plummet on South Korea, U.S. Dollar, EU Sovereign Debt

Several market forces are pushing the price of gold down today, as concerns over Ireland's sovereign debt has the euro under pressure, pushing up the value of the U.S. dollar, while pent-up concern over the probably of Asian countries raising their interest rates become a reality, as South Korea was the first to take the action to battle inflation. Most thought China may first take that step.

South Korea raised their interest rates by 25 basis points to 2.50.

The U.S. dollar index rose in response to the weakened euro, gaining $0.79, increasing to $79.14 earlier in the day.

Interest rates became a major concern when China revealed their consumer price index was higher than expected, reaching 4.4 percent, generating speculation they would raise interest rates to combat inflation.

Gold prices will probably remain under pressure until the interest rate scenario plays out, the continual uncertainty surrounding the European Union sovereign debt crisis is handled.

The problem with the European sovereign debt crisis is there appears to be a lot of shady dealings and data still being presented as the condition of some countries, as Greece has again stated their numbers are probably lower than believed concerning their deficits.

Socialism isn't sustainable, and these countries better stop their entitlement programs and mentality before the region becomes an economic graveyard. They're already well on the way.

Once the Ireland situation is taken care of, or at least a bailout is accepted by them, the euro will move stronger against the U.S. dollar, helping gold to rebound again.

But there will still be the interest rate scenario left to play out, which when Asian nations announce they're going to raise them, will cause pressure to again be brought on gold prices in response.

It looks like we're going to end up having opposite economic pressure on gold, which will probably result in a lot of volatility until the narrative is more clear.

Spot gold prices have fallen by over $26 an ounce as of about 2:00 PM EDT.

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